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Mission Statement:

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Council for the Arts & Culture is a group of faculty, staff, students, and community members appointed by the UMB president whose mission is to promote the rich history of our institution and surrounding neighborhoods and to celebrate the creative talents of the University community, thereby raising awareness of the links between the arts and sciences. Listen to more about the Council for the Arts & Culture on “The UMB Pulse” podcast.

Featured Programs & Events

Poe in Comics and the Poe Death Exhibit

Poe in Comics and the Poe Death Exhibit at Westminster Hall

October is near, Edgar Allan Poe lovers are everywhere, and Westminster Hall and Burying Ground is hosting two exhibits at the historic venue, just steps from Poe’s final resting place. Immerse yourself in Poe’s chilling world through the hauntingly beautiful medium of comic. You can also tour the various conspiracies that plague Poe’s legacy, learn how the clothes he wore offer clues to his mysterious death, and pay your respects at a special candlelight vigil for the master of horror and mystery. Find out more and register here.


BSO Take a Break

Take a Break with the BSO

UMB is sponsoring “Take a Break with the BSO,” a series of short recital videos on YouTube performed by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) musicians that are designed to help reorganize you brain and rejuvenate your spirit. 

Listening to these 10-minute recitals provides the perfect opportunity to grab a coffee or snack, or even just to tune in and turn off while you close your eyes and take it all in. The BSO is proud to offer these performances to the hardworking students, faculty, and staff at UMB. Watch them here.

Highwire Improv

Highwire Improv

Highwire Improv is a nonprofit whose mission is to steward a community of artists committed to growth, collaboration, joy, and justice — in Baltimore and around the world — through improvisational theater. 

Highwire produces improv shows all over the greater Baltimore area and offers classes, workshops, and free community jams for improvisers to meet and learn from one another. It also has a robust applied improv program that helps organizations develop communication, creativity, and collaboration skills.


Hippodrome Foundation

Hippodrome Foundation News: Take a Virtual Tour

The Hippodrome Foundation recently had the opportunity to work with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, whose Seacrest Studios produced a virtual tour of the Hippodrome Theatre for children at National Children’s Hospital. We hope you enjoy!

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Social Studio Art Online

To support our community against the pandemic, Social Studio’s classes have moved online while our space is closed. Let’s make art together. Sign up for an online art class today!